Columbus Match Report (D3) - 4-30-11
Written by Ian McNulty   

Columbus Match Report - 4/30/11

NORFC D3 Green 24 - 47 Columbus

The inaugural season of the NORFC green D3 squad came to an end today with a loss to Columbus. Although not the desired result, the entire NORFC community can be proud that the team has written a new chapter in its history.
The green team finished its first-ever season dominant in its division with a 7-1 record and an inspiring first-round playoff victory over Tampa Krewe's D3 squad. Green's success, combined with the D2 gold squad's advance, marks the first time ever in USA Rugby history that one team has sent two squads to the South Finals at the same time. Pete Steyn, head of USA Rugby South, marked the accomplishment with a plaque presentation on the pitch. 
But that celebration came after a disappointing though educational loss for the team, a mix of young talent and veteran players. 
For the first half Columbus thoroughly had the green team's number, breaking through with their large forwards. Their first try came soon in the match and they consistently kept New Orleans on the defense. Their big runners found breaks or made them and the first half ended with a lopsided 33-0 in Columbus's favor. 
However, New Orleans green took its development role to heart and regrouped by learning from its errors. Rather than grow disheartened the squad retook the pitch with explosive new energy. 
From the first possession, inside center Jeremy Boyce made a huge break, shed defenders and put New Orleans Green on the board. New Orleans improved in the scrum and won some key possessions, including a clutch five meter scrum from which Casey Mackintosh drove the ball in to score, bringing New Orleans to 33-12. 
New Orleans green kept its momentum and scored yet again, this time courtesy of hooker Tony Breaux. 
Things were looking up for New Orleans but Columbus found its offense spirit again and scored two tries in quick succession to widen its advantage to 42-19 with about 15 minutes left on the clock. 
New Orleans reserves made their presence felt, the green squad made more dynamic plays and the effort remained strong. Geoff Ormsby zig zagged his way into the end zone for a final green try. But Columbus had the last word, scoring near the final whistle to end the game 47-24. 
While the loss ends the NORFC Green squad's run, the unheralded success of this debut season has been inspirational and bodes very good things for the future of New Orleans rugby. 
One thing is for certain, NORFC selectors will have their work cut out for then in the seasons ahead.

Halftime Score - New Orleans D3 Green 0 - 33 Columbus

Final Score - New Orleans D3 Green 24 - 47 Columbus

New Orleans Green
1) Dmitry Pritykin; 2) Tony Breaux; 3) Ian McNulty; 4) Will Barrett; 5) Jim Hotard; 6) Corey Lesassier; 7) Carter O'Brien; 8) Timur Alptunaer; 9) Mike Freeman; 10) Will Traylor (c); 11) Jeremy Boyce; 12) Casey Mackintosh; 13) Patrick Kennedy; 14) Alex Philpott; 15) David Buckingham; 16) Kevin Powers; 17) Geoff Ormsby; 18) Andrew Brennecke; 19) Brian Carter; 20) Jonathan Giepert; 21) Blake Hosli; 22) David Hamilton

Tries (4): Boyce, Mackintosh, Breaux, Ormsby

Cons: Kennedy (2 for 3), Alptunaer (0 for 1)


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